Pac-10 Announces Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week Honors

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Jan. 22, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE's Nicole Harris has been named Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for January 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Furthermore, Marci Bernholtz of UCLA has been named the Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week.

Harris, a junior from Long Beach, N.Y., won the all-around competition to help the No. 23 Sun Devils beat No. 22 California (195.175-191.750) on the road and earn their best score of the 2008 campaign to date. Competing in the all-around for the first time this season, 2006 All-American Harris scored a 39.325, attaining the highest all-around score from a Sun Devil so far this season and placing her 10th nationally.

Harris additionally won the floor competition. Performing her inaugural floor exercise of 2008, Harris once again earned a Sun Devil season-high mark (9.850) on the apparatus. Harris also placed second in each of the meet's other three individual events, garnering team-leading scores of 9.875 on bars and 9.825 on beam. Riding on Harris's successes, the Sun Devils move up to No. 20 in the national rankings.

Bernholtz, a freshman from Unionville, Ont., Canada, recorded a meet-high 9.875 on her first-ever collegiate balance beam performance. In a quad competition against Brown and Wisconsin-Eau Claire at Cal State Fullerton, Bernholtz earned the individual event victory despite competing early in the Bruins' rotation. Her score contributed to UCLA season-high beam and team scores of 49.025 and 196.125, respectively, and the overall team win. With her mark, Bernholtz is now ranked No. 4 and UCLA moves up to No. 8 in the national rankings.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Gymnast of the Week: Alexis Greene, ARIZ; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Tasha Smith, OSU; Brittani McCullough, UCLA; Kristen Linton, WASH.
Event Specialist of the Week: Danielle Hicks, ARIZ; Ashlee Hinkle, ASU; Keiko Nakamura, CAL; Yuki Lamb, OSU; Haley Bogart, WASH.

2008 Pac-10 Gymnasts of the Week: Jan. 14 - Anna Li, UCLA; Jan. 21 - Nicole Harris, ASU.

2008 Pac-10 Event Specialists of the Week: Jan. 14 - Carly Janiga, STAN; Jan. 21 - Marci Bernholtz, UCLA.

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